Ho! Ho! Ho! Stringing our lights around the palm trees and Santa is getting ready to surf!
Christmas in Miami is about enjoying the sunshine and gorgeous breezy
And to get into the spirit, our regular events are back with plenty of lights, shiny ornaments and
holiday cheer... Zoo Lights, Bayfront Holiday Village, Winterland at the Farm, Santa's Enchanted Forest... they are back this holiday season! Here are our top picks, from holiday villages, fantastic light strolls, holiday concerts and musicals and of course, the Nutcraker...
As in all public holidays, government offices, schools, post offices, banks and public libraries will close on Christmas Day. Many restaurants remain open and offer special celebratory meals, brunches, dinners, cocktails...
And this is the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous "winter" weather. Migrating birds and hybernating manatees have arrived, this is a good time for a visit to the Everglades, enjoy the beautiful wildlife or a thrilling airboat ride! Please note that some parks will be closed on Christmas Day.
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Events may be cancelled / postponed / rescheduled due to the current Coronavirus health precautions. Please check with event organizers for updates.
Here are this year's most popular Christmas and Holiday Season events and
celebrations in Miami:
The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back with its millions of dazzling lights, South Florida's tallest christmas tree, and the carnival rides
for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.
In a new location at Hialeah Park, you will no doubt see the lights as you drive past. It is a huge
sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many
live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!
When? November 4, 2021 - January 2, 2022 - 5:00pm to Midnight
Where? Hialeah Park at 3100 East 4th Ave. Hialeah, FL
How Much? Early Elf Season Passes: Adults (9-64) $48.84, Children (3-8) $39.26 and Seniors 65+ $36.64, general admission TBA
The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree
covered with glittering lights at the Bayfront Marketplace popup: Bayfront Holiday Village.
The Village will be open throughout the holiday season and host great entertainment options: a collection of hand-picked shops where you can pick out that perfect gift, roller skating rink around the tree and fountain, top food truck eating options, scavenger hunts and even a Santa Paws Dog Park so you can bring your furry friend along to the festivities.
When? Holiday Village will open throughout the holiday season, exact dates TBA
Where? Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or
take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.
How Much? FREE!
An enchanted, illuminated experience full of fantasy and wonderment where things like the Wise Talking Tree, Flying Fairies and a Sunflower Maze come to life.
Come and marvel at unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids throughout multiple acres of dazzling magic.
When? November 12, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
How Much? General Admission $34, Children 10 and under $29, plus service fees. Discounts for Fairchild members and non-peak hours, season passes available. Groupon General Admission $34 $25
Symphony In Lights Holiday Celebration at Gulfstream Park
The entire property will be illuminated with more than 250,000 LED lights, all set to the sounds of holiday favorites from yesterday and today.
A 10-minute light show will begin at the top of every hour from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
"Symphony in Lights" is not only the perfect opportunity to experience some holiday magic, but also to enjoy shopping, dining and boundless entertainment at Gulfstream Park Village's open-air setting.
When? November 13 - December 31, 2021, kick-off event on Saturday, November 13 from 7-10 p.m. Emmy award-winning newscaster Calvin Hughes will serve as the emcee and the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida will perform a lively set along with a 7-piece band. Even Santa Claus himself will ride in to kick off the festivities.
Where? Gulfstream Park at 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
How Much? FREE
It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.
What else? Appearances by Santa (until December 23), animal presentations, arts & crafts and letters to Santa (limited spaces available), hot cocoa and cookies (fee), Snowman's River Boat Rides ($5 per person)
When?: Select nights from November 26 - December 30, 2021 - 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
How Much?: TBA, last year $19.95 per adult and $17.95 per child age 3 - 12 plus tax (Members save $3),
The magic of "Vintage Florida" Historic Holiday Decor: Visitors can tour the historic houses at the Deering Estate as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations. As part of this year's Historic Holiday Decor, the magic of "Vintage Florida" comes to life with cherished holiday traditions that bring a feeling of warm nostalgia and a welcome respite from the modern world.
The Deering Estate has assembled a team of top designers that will once again transform the homes for the holiday season, led by its award-winning Designer-in-Residence, Alfredo Brito.
When? November 27, 2020 to January 8, 2021
How Much? Estate admission: Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7
Holiday Evening Strolls: Stroll the main grounds and the Historic Homes as they light up in the night. Enjoy the warmth of a campfire and showings of holiday films! Children can also bring their letters to Santa to drop off. Wrap up the night as Mrs. Claus arrives to read bedtime stories to the children from afar.
When? December 4 and 16, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
How Much? Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7
Where? The Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157
Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape. This year they are adding a whole new section of sparkling holiday lights and a bigger than last year's holiday-themed maze in the gardens.
Eat yummy treats, have a signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail and enjoy magical Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Stay tuned for Santa Claus special appearances.
On select evenings, admission includes a holiday concert performance in the historic Banyan Bowl.
When? December 10, 2021 - January 2, 2022 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where? Pinecrest Gardens at 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida 33156
How Much? $15 - $20
Sailboats, Yachts, Barges, Gondolas, Kayaks... ANYTHING that floats, all decked up with thousands of lights and a merry spirit, traversing the
waters of the intracoastal, what could be more fun this holiday season?!
On its 50th year, the Winterfest Boat Parade has become
one of the most awaited events, this year the Ft. Lauderdale shoreline will be coming alive once again.
Some fantastic entries and surprises in the past have included a floating bus, the Galleria Mall reindeer barge, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie... can't wait for this year's parade!
When?: Saturday December 11, 2021 - sails at 6:30 p.m. ends approximately 10:30 p.m.
Where?: Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach. Parade starts at the New River where parading boats will be
lining up west from Stranahan House to the Performing Arts Center, then
move along towards the Intracoastal where they start heading up. Parade ends just south of Atlantic Blvd, at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach.
How Much?: Free along parade route! See map below.
Where to watch?: Outdoor Parade Viewing Area at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park: adults $25, children under 10 $15. There is parking within walking distance from the event area. Guests will enjoy a festival atmosphere with live entertainment before and after the Parade. Gates open at 4:00 pm. Parade arrives at the viewing area at approximately 7:00 pm
Great spots to catch the parade is at one of the many bridges over the intracoastal at:
With this 60-degree weather, what better way to warm up and get ready into the holiday spirit with family and friends than with
some Snow, Holiday Treats, Hot chocolate and much more while you can meet Santa Claus, Nix the Snowman and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie
at a beautiful illuminated Forest.
Holiday treats, hay rides, paddleboat rides, Santa, pony rides, and many more activities for kids!
When?: Saturdays and Sundays in December, exact dates TBA - Limited capacity, by reservations only
Where?: Pinto Farm at 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170
How Much?: $27.99, children under one free, includes paddle boat rides, tractor rides, pony rides, race track, walk through around the farm, magic shows, opportunity to meet Santa. Check for Groupon offers.
The holidays are a beautiful and special time at the Historic Stranahan House Museum.
Enjoy costumed docents as they take you back in time to the Victorian era in the beautifully decorated Historic Stranahan House Museum. Learn how many holiday traditions started and how the pioneers celebrated Christmas in the early days of Fort Lauderdale.
When? December 18 - 23, 2021
Where? Historic Stranahan House Museum at 335 SE 6th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale
How Much? $30 per person, advance registration required, limited tickets available for each day.
Paid public parking available offsite in the Riverside Hotel Parking Garage or alongside Las Olas Boulevard.
Garden of Lights is Flamingo Gardens' annual holiday event and a delight with self guided strolls through paths adorned with thousands of festive lights and decorations.
There are live performances on select nights.
Please note the narrated tram tour, animal exhibits, and Wray Home Museum close at 5pm.
When? Dec. 17-23 and 26-30, 2021, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, until 10:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays
Where?: Flamingo Gardens at 3750 S. Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330
How Much?: General Admission $21.95 per person, children (3-11) $15.95, Admission after 5:00 pm TBA
This Year's Holiday Entertainment Calendar, Concerts and Musicals
Miami City Ballet's The Nutcracker
The holiday tradition you love will become even more magical...
A vibrant and animated winter wonderland comes to life, featuring appearances by The Sugarplum Fairy, toy soldiers, and mischievous mice, all while retaining George Balanchine's iconic choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score.
The Nutcracker performances will be at two venues this year:
When? December 10 - 12, 2021 , December 16 - 26 at the Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Where? Au Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
When? December 16 - 26
Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center
The beloved classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical.
Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert recreates the beauty of Vienna's golden era, led by a witty and charming conductor who is an expert in Viennese music, Salute to Vienna features a European cast of singers, ballroom dancers, and ballet that brings to life the music of Johann Strauss. Backed by the Strauss Symphony, the performance is rich with selections from beloved operettas, elegant dances, lively overtures, and the beautiful Blue Danube Waltz. Celebrate the start of the New Year with Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert!
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Services
Bright poinsettias, twinkling lights, wonderful nativity scenes, children caroling and the fragrance of firs and incense filling the church, the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass has been a beautiful tradition for as long as I can remember. All our places of worship and the communities go out of their way to welcome and share in the spirit and purpose of the Christmas celebrations.
Here are some places you can attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in Miami. All services are being LiveStreamed as well.
Saint Patrick Catholic Church - 3716 Garden Avenue, Miami Beach 33140
Phone (305) 531-1124
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Multi-Lingual
Christmas Day: English: 8:00 am, 9:30am, 11:00am
Spanish: 12:30pm, 7:00pm
More Info and LiveStream.
Church of the Little Flower 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables 33134
Phone (305) 446-9950
Christmas Eve Cantata: 11:30 pm
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Bi-Lingual
Christmas Day: English: 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:30pm
More Info and LiveStream
The Annual Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church
Let's herald the Christmas season with a live, open-air reenactment of the Christmas Story.
Featuring live camels, donkeys, goats and sheep, along with an innovative mix of digital and live-action characters, including Mary, Joseph,
Jesus, the prophets, angels, the Wise Men and more!
This spectacular depiction, complete with narration, digital projections and a choir, is fun for the entire family!
Where? Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138
How Much? FREE and open to the public.